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updated: 8/18/2014 4:32 PM

Police: Man attempted to abduct Palatine girls

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Palatine police are searching for a man who they say attempted to abduct two girls shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of West Helen Road.

According to police, the man got out of a minivan, told one of the girls to come over to him and then reached out and attempted to grab her. The man was able to get a hand on the girl, but she managed to get away while the second girl ran to a nearby house to call police.

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The man then drove away westbound on Helen Road while the girls yelled for help. Neither girl was injured.

The man is described as being in his 30s with a dark complexion, around 6 feet tall, heavy set, with thinning hair and dark facial stubble. He was wearing a white shirt and tan shorts.

His vehicle was described as being an older model minivan, either dark colored or silver.

Anyone with information about the attempted abduction is asked to call Palatine police at (847) 359-9000.

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